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Binibining Pilipinas 2014 Specials: My Top 15 Final Hot Picks!

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Ainjely Manalo

Ainjely Manalo

15. The appeal of Ainjely reminds me so much of Nicole Marable and Imelda Schweighart (Binibining Pilipinas contestants in 2012 and 2013 respectively.) I’m saying this because like the two mentioned, Ainjely’s beauty is a fresh one that easily attract its audience. I just feel that she’s still too raw to win any of the crowns.

Diana Arevalo

Diana Arevalo

14. I’ve always been a big fan of Diana eversince her first Binibini stint and in 2011, I thought she should’ve placed higher. With her third time joining the pageant, I still find her extremely charming  and more beautiful. Something was missing though, her spark was nowhere to be found. It is with great sadness that I’ve to place her this low on my list but just the same, I’m still a fan.

Ladylyn Riva

Ladylyn Riva

13. From the very start of the competition up to this point, Ladylyn has shown a pretty consistent performance. She’s actually prettier than her 2011 stint and I now feel that she has matured – both physically and intellectually. Indeed, she’s got the goods but does she have the guts to take it to the next level? Methinks still not this time.

Vessica Sambo

Vessica Sambo

12. I always admire a girl who is proud of her roots and I think this trait is what is so charming about Vessica. I love that she’s feisty yet looks extremely feminine. This girl has a  big future ahead of her and I’m looking forward to see her competing more. She still has a lot to learn for a Binibini tilte but she’s getting there.

Parul Shah

Parul Shah

11. Parul Shah is such an unforgettable name. Had Parul not stumbled during her Q&A last year, she could’ve been one of the crowned golden Binibinis. Alas, she was “eradicated” from the contention and came back this year “more ready.” She is by any aspect a contended but for some reason, Parul somehow lost her charm and look likeable which I believe is far more important than a great answer to the Q&A.

Ednornance Agustin

Ednornance Agustin

10. With a unique name and a towering height, Ednornance isn’t just a mere model material. I feel that that given the right styling and personality development, she could easily annihilate any beauty competition. Not this time, though.

Racquel Kabigting

Racquel Kabigting

9. Racquel for me is a better version of Jennifer Barrientos. What’s more is that she’s way taller than our 2008 Miss Universe representative. This gives me hope for her that when she’s ready to take the national title, she could easily win the international crown – in time.

Angelique De Leon

Angelique De Leon

8. With a polarizing beauty much like Janine Tugonon, Angelique is set to pull some trick comes finals night. I’ve a feeling in my guts that she’d do well on the 30th. Disregarding that, Angelique for me is unquestionably beautiful!

Nichole Manalo

Nichole Manalo

7. The third Manalo sister pulling all the stops to win a crown isn’t that impossible a job. She’s tall, beautiful and smart enough to clinch a title. After impressing me during the primer, I placed her easily on my upper tier but considering the duration of the pageant, I just have to place her conveniently outside the crown contention. She may have her sisters to back her up and has very good potentials to win on her own merits, I still feel that she could only go this far, atleast for now.

Bianca Guidotti

Bianca Guidotti

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RUNNER UP NO MORE

Pia Wurtzbach

Pia Wurtzbach

Pia conveniently benefited from her Binibining Pilipinas training last year as the lone runner up from the golden edition. She seemed more ready and won’t settle for anything less this time. A stunning mestiza at its core, it is justifiable to award her the debuting title of Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental.

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FROM HEAD TO TOE

Joy Diaz

Joy Diaz

Joy Diaz may very well be crowned the Binibining Pilipinas – Tourism Queen International for she possessed an impressive academic background that goes well with her international appeal. From head to toe – Joy can totally deliver when needed.

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BACK TO BACK SUPERIORITY

Yvethe Santiago

Yvethe Santiago

After Mutya Datul’s historic win last year as the first Filipina and first Asian Miss Supranational, I think it is only natural that we send another head turner that is as superior as that of Mutya. With that in mind, Yvethe Santiago (whom I picked  during my 1st and 2nd hot picks as my Miss Universe Philippines) became my final choice  not because I feel that she won’t do well in Miss Universe but because I feel that after Mutya, we shouldn’t easily let go of the Miss Supra crown if we could easily get hold of it again. A back to back win would be an easy job for Yvethe, no doubt.

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BEAUTY WITHOUT BOUNDARIES

Kris Tiffany Janson

Kris Tiffany Janson

It’s very easy to say that Kris Janson is the Miss International prototype that we’ve had in years from our delegates. This maybe true but keeping that aside, Janson without question maybe the most conventionally beautiful contestant this year. A superior beauty that you cannot fault in any way. If Bea won the hearts of Tokyo with her speech and elegance, Kris can wow them with her sheer beauty and cultured eloquence.

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THE BRIGHTEST STAR IN THE UNIVERSE

Mary Jean Lastimosa

Mary Jean Lastimosa

Mary Jean Lastimosa or MJ as she was fondly called never ceases to amaze her fans with her tireless smile in every event of this year’s edition. This is MJ’s third try to win a crown and her perseverance is more impressive than any other repeaters this year. MJ has more competition, no doubt, to win the most coveted crown but I feel that she’s up there and would never let go of what she’s holding on right now without clinching that title. MJ clearly did not diminish as a front runner and she’s bound to finish her last hurrah for the crown, all smile because she knows that after all the heartbreaks and disappointments, she’d still end up successful. After all, she’s still the brightest star in the universe.

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Binibining Pilipinas 2014 Specials: My Top 15 Third Hot Picks!

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With the coronation night fast approaching, the girls are also stepping it up big time for the big day! So without further ado, let me present to you my third hot picks for this season of Binibining Pilipinas!

(L-R) Yvethe Santiago, Kris Janson, Mary Jean Lastimosa and Pia Wurtzbach

(L-R) Yvethe Santiago, Kris Janson, Mary Jean Lastimosa and Pia Wurtzbach

 1-4Yvethe’s is this year’s Miss Consistency. Delivering an enduring power of beauty, grace and charisma isn’t such an easy task with 39 other girls vying for the most coveted crown. At this stage of the competition, the Miss Universe Philippines crown is yours to lose girl.

A two feat Miss International crowning isn’t far behind if Kris will eventually be crowned Binibining Pilipinas International. She could also easily snatch the Universe crown if she play her cards well. Would it be this one or highest honor? For now, I placed her second.

A frontrunner, an expert and a stage diva. That’s what we need for an attempt to place well come Miss Supranational 2014. MJ has those qualities and she’s polished to even grab the most coveted title, for now though, I’ve a feeling that Binibining Pilipinas Supranational’s the deserved title for her.

I personally consider Binibining Pilipinas Tourism the least prestigious but a title is still a title. This however belongs to a girl whom I feel can do wonders in China. Pia Wurtzbach, the lone runner up from last year is the best for this title for now.

(L-R: 5. Angelique De Leon, 6. Ednornance Agustin, 7. Bianca Guidotti, 8. Kimverlyn Suiza, 9. Diana Arevalo)

(L-R: 5. Angelique De Leon, 6. Ednornance Agustin, 7. Bianca Guidotti, 8. Kimverlyn Suiza, 9. Diana Arevalo)

(L-R: 10. Vessica Sambo, 11. Racquel Kabigting, 12. Parul Shah)

(L-R: 10. Vessica Sambo, 11. Racquel Kabigting, 12. Parul Shah)

(L-R: 13. Laura Lehman, 14. Nichole Manalo, 15. Aiza Faeldonia)

(L-R: 13. Laura Lehman, 14. Nichole Manalo, 15. Aiza Faeldonia)

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Binibining Pilipinas 2014 Specials: My Top 15 Second Hot Picks!

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This week, I decided to make a complete Top 15 for my hotpicks since I’ve evaluated all of the 40 girls and I’ve laboriously yet gladly watched their web interviews, videos and pictures over the week and I’ve to say that some of the girls really are stepping up their game! This could easily change though once I get the chance to see them in person more but for now, this is what I came up with.

Universe Santiago

HOT PICK 1: Yvethe Marie Santiago for Miss Universe Philippines

Yvethe has one miss in mind upon entering this competition and that is to win it all. But her mission is not just to win one of the crowns, it is to win the top plum which is the Miss Universe Philippines. Yvethe could easily do this. She’s got the goods and the only thing that’s getting on her way at this stage is if she will be favored by the judges and the organization (at this early on) come finals night or if she choke during the final question and answer which seemed to be an all-important factors basing on the recent queens wins!

SPOILER: Guidotti, De Leon, Lastimosa

Janson International

HOT PICK 2: Kris Tiffany Janson for Bb.Pilipinas-International

After making my initial hot picks, I felt that I did something wrong by not considering this Cebuana beauty with one of the crowns. I was so wrong by not considering the pageant that clearly has a predictable prototype and that is the Miss International! They want their winners to either be doll-like or someone who exudes elegance. If they can’t get both, the winner must atleast have one. Luckily for Kris, she’s got both going on her.

SPOILER: Wurtzback, Nichole Manalo

Lastimosa Supranational

HOT PICK 3: Mary Jean Lastimosa for Bb.Pilipinas – Supranational

Last year, the Miss Supranational organization crowned a “miniature” winner with the face of an angel and that is our very own Mutya Datul. I can’t  see any reason why they won’t do the same if we send a beauty with such high caliber. MJ’s last try may just be the lucky break she’s been waiting for. She’s got the face and sheer confidence that makes a room go quiet upon entering it. That makes her much more superior than most of the girls.

SPOILER: Faeldonia, Mary Ainjely Manalo

Manalo Tourism

HOT PICK 4: Nichole Manalo for Bb.Pilipinas – Tourism

With China hosting the pageant annually, I figured that we don’t have a very big chance of winning a crown. But that’s not saying that we shouldn’t send a good candidate. Based on their most recent winners, they want them tall and “meztisa” and I think Nichole Manalo might just fit the bill.

SPOILER: Laura Victoria Lehmann

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5. Pia Wurtzbach

BBP Bianca

6. Bianca Guidotti

BBP Angelique

7. Angelique De Leon

BBP Aiza

8. Aiza Faeldonia

BBP Ainjely

9. Ainjely Manalo

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10. Ednornance Agustin

BBP Parul

11. Parul Shah

BBP Diana

12. Diana Arevalo

BBP Kim

13. Kimverlyn Suiza

BBP Laura

14. Laura Lehmann

BBP Racquel

15. Racquel Kabigting

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Binibining Pilipinas 2014 Specials: Top 10 First Hot Picks!

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Universe and International

Supra Tourism

5-10

5. Pia Wurtzbach
6. Kris Tiffany Janson
7. Diana Arevalo
8. Ednornance Agustin
9. Nichole Manalo
10. Racquel Kabigting

Binibining Pilipinas 2014 Specials: The Repeaters

A pageant repeater is someone who competed previously in the same pageant but went home without a crown and is trying her luck once again. That is the case with the seven girls in this year’s Binibining Pilipinas edition. These girls aren’t that succesful in clinching a crown or they almost got it but for some reason, their stars didn’t align that year so they are back with a vengeance and more wisdom hopefully in order to fully realized what they missed the first or second time around.

Diana Arevalo tried it out in 2009 and 2011

Diana Arevalo tried it out in 2009 and 2011

Diana came to the spolight during the 2009 Binibining Pilipinas, a batch that elected some of the tallest winners in years. She made it as one of the finalists. In 2011, She was posed to win one of the crowns (or so I thought) but that year was the year of the game changer – the year that Shamcey easily toppled her competition and Necio, a repeater from the previous year was heavily favored to win despite her height disadvantage. This year though, Diana’s armed with a different aura and is so ready to battle it all for the crown!

Ladylyn Riva was everywhere!

Ladylyn Riva was everywhere!

Ladylyn was Miss Casino Filipino and Miss Resort World first runner-up 2011 and finalist in Miss Bikini International 2013. Now these aren’t exactly high-caliber pageants but these surely gave her some confidence to try it for the last time this year after failing to advance to the semis during the 2011 edition.

Mary Jean Lastimosa's last chance at the Binibini!

Mary Jean Lastimosa’s last chance at the Binibini!

Whether you like it or not, Mary Jean or MJ is still one of the biggest threat for the newbies. This returnee who won second runner-up to Shamcey Supsup in 2011 and a finalist in 2012 won’t let go that easy until she snatch one of the crowns. One of her Achilles heel in 2012 was the question and answer and I believe that this year, she has mastered everything to win it all. It’s all or nothing for her since this is her last hurrah to win a national pageant.

The repeaters from last year's Golden Edition. (L-R) Hannah Ruth Sison, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Parul Shah, Noelle Ellore Punzalan

The repeaters from last year’s Golden Edition. (L-R) Hannah Ruth Sison, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Parul Shah, Ellore Punzalan

All of these girls except for Hannah (shockingly excluded) all made it to the semis last year with Pia even hailed as the lone runner-up. They are all back for another try and hoping against hope that they will deliver this time and be part of the 51st edition of the Binibining Pilipinas queens!

The Official Candidates Of The Binibining Pilipinas 2014!

Their faces and names are already posted in different sites and some of them are already creating enough buzz and hype but it’s the final night on March 30 that matters the most.  So after weeks of grueling screening process, callbacks and all – the over 100 applicants of this year’s Binibining Pilipinas were trimmed down to 40! I’ve to say how impressed I am with the quality of the candidates this year. There are a lot of fresh faces who are all very much qualified to win any of the crowns as well as the repeaters who are more ready and more beautiful this time! So here are our Top 40 in groups of 5…

Binibini #1 Julian Aurine Flores; Binibini #2 Mary Ainjey P. Manalo; Binibini #3 Joanna Angelica M. Romero; Binibini #4 Parul Shah; Binibini #5 Hanna Mariz D. Dela Guerra

Binibini #1 Julian Aurine Flores; Binibini #2 Mary Ainjey P. Manalo; Binibini #3 Joanna Angelica M. Romero; Binibini #4 Parul Shah; Binibini #5 Hanna Mariz D. Dela Guerra

Binibini #6 Anabel Christine G. Tia; Binibini #7 Aiza Faeldonia; Binibini #8 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach; Binibini #9 Joy Antonette Diaz; Binibini #10 Shauna Indra Salina Curran

Binibini #6 Anabel Christine G. Tia; Binibini #7 Aiza Faeldonia; Binibini #8 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach; Binibini #9 Joy Antonette Diaz; Binibini #10 Shauna Indra Salina Curran

Binibini #11 Laura Victoria Lehmann; Binibini #12 Sarah Jireh Asido; Binibini #13 Kris Tiffany M. Janson; Binibini #14 Emma Mary F. Tiglao; Binibini #15 Kimverlyn O. Suiza

Binibini #11 Laura Victoria Lehmann; Binibini #12 Sarah Jireh Asido; Binibini #13 Kris Tiffany M. Janson; Binibini #14 Emma Mary F. Tiglao; Binibini #15 Kimverlyn O. Suiza

Binibini #16 Zahara Mae O. Soriano; Binibini #17 Diana B. Arevalo; Binibini #18 Ellore Noelle Punzalan; Binibini #19 Mae Liezel J. Ramos; Binibini #20 Kenneth Santiago

Binibini #16 Zahara Mae O. Soriano; Binibini #17 Diana B. Arevalo; Binibini #18 Ellore Noelle Punzalan; Binibini #19 Mae Liezel J. Ramos; Binibini #20 Kenneth Santiago

Binibini #21 Racquel D. Kabigting; Binibini #22 Mary Anne Bianca G. Guidotti; Binibini #23 Nichole Marie R. Manalo; Binibini #24 Ednornance Agustin; Binibini #25 Mary Jean Lastimosa

Binibini #21 Racquel D. Kabigting; Binibini #22 Mary Anne Bianca G. Guidotti; Binibini #23 Nichole Marie R. Manalo; Binibini #24 Ednornance Agustin; Binibini #25 Mary Jean Lastimosa

Binibini #26 Hanna Sheena L. Manuel; Binibini #27 Hannah Ruth Sison; Binibini #28 Carla Jenina Cabrera Lizardo; Binibini #29 Krischelle DG. Halili; Binibini #30 Joy Marie Gangan

Binibini #26 Hanna Sheena L. Manuel; Binibini #27 Hannah Ruth Sison; Binibini #28 Carla Jenina Cabrera Lizardo; Binibini #29 Krischelle DG. Halili; Binibini #30 Joy Marie Gangan

Binibini #31 Angelique Celine L. De Leon; Binibini #32 Jeslyn Santos; Binibini #33 Gabrielle Erika Tilokani; Binibini #34 Leonalyn D. Dela Cruz; Binibini #35 Yvethe Marie A. Santiago

Binibini #31 Angelique Celine L. De Leon; Binibini #32 Jeslyn Santos; Binibini #33 Gabrielle Erika Tilokani; Binibini #34 Leonalyn D. Dela Cruz; Binibini #35 Yvethe Marie A. Santiago

Binibini #36 Krystal Alonday; Binibini #37 Vanessa N. Saliba; Binibini #38 Janine A. Asanion; Binibini #39 Ladylyn Riva; Binibini #40 Vessica L. Sambo

Binibini #36 Krystal Alonday; Binibini #37 Vanessa N. Saliba; Binibini #38 Janine A. Asanion; Binibini #39 Ladylyn Riva; Binibini #40 Vessica L. Sambo

*names in bold are the repeaters 
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Binibining Pilipinas 2011 Winners, Special Awards And Afterthoughts

The pageant’s ticket stated that the program will start at 7PM but it actually started at around 9PM. Thank goodness, the beautiful goddesses of this year’s competition are worth the wait. It was somewhat a very predictable night with frontrunners and favorites actually winning.

Shamcey Supsup was crowned Binibining Pilipinas – Universe which was pretty obvious for me. From the very beginning, I thought that Shamcey delivered the goods. Her body isn’t perfect but she can still transform it to a better one. The evening gown she wore was hands down one of the better designs even if she didn’t win Best in Evening Gown. It’s as if her win was already a pre-determined one.

Shamcey Supsup, Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2011

Shamcey Supsup, Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2011

Diane Necio however delivered a rather lackluster performance in my opinion. She was definitely the judges and crowd favorite but I thought that the likes of Arevalo, Al-Tawil and Tumulak performed better than her. I’m not taking this away from her. The girl is beautiful but she’s not the best. Congratulations, though, her color would give the Miss International a beautiful flavor come international pageant time.

Diane Necio, Binibining Pilipinas International 2011

Diane Necio, Binibining Pilipinas International 2011

Isabella Manjon wore a disaster evening gown but her stage presence overpowered that hindrance to actually win the Binibining Pilipinas-Tourism title. She has such a beautiful face and the camera really loves her. Although we didn’t expect her to actually win a crown, we’re still happy that she did.

Isabella Manjon, Binibining Pilipinas Tourism 2011

Isabella Manjon, Binibining Pilipinas Tourism 2011

Janine Tugonon – I was shocked by her runner-up placement because I honestly do not remember a thing about her – or maybe I wasn’t really aware of her during the pre-pageant activities. Was the question given to her about the relevance of winning a beauty pageant at this time of chaos –it’s not the exact question but it’s something of this sort. Well, she didn’t exactly win a crown so I think it’s fair enough.

Janine Tugonon, Binibining PIlipinas 2011 First Runner Up

Janine Tugonon, Binibining PIlipinas 2011 First Runner Up

MJ Lastimosa – I was so disappointed that she didn’t win the Best In Swimsuit category. I really thought that it was already locked for her. She didn’t give a bad answer during the question and answer portion and her articulation was a-okay but I didn’t feel any confidence from her. She should try next year. Please MJ!

Mary Jean Lastimosa, Binibining Pilipinas 2011 Second Runner Up

Mary Jean Lastimosa, Binibining Pilipinas 2011 Second Runner Up

Official Winners 

Binibining Pilipinas 2011 Winners and their court.

Binibining Pilipinas 2011 Winners and their court.

Binibining Pilipinas- Universe :Shamcey Supsup
Binibining Pilipinas- International: Diane Necio
Binibining Pilipinas-Tourism: Isabella Manjon
1st Runner Up:  Janine Tugonon
2nd Runner Up: Mary Jean (MJ) Lastimosa

Rounding the TOP 15 are…

Patricia Tumulak

Marie Kristina May Marasigan

Diana Arevalo

Queenierich Rehman

Sabrine Al-Tawil

Wendy Lucas

Luzelle Felipe

Kathleen Subijano

Jenn-Roe Gubat

Sarah Clenci

§§§ Special Awards §§§

Best In Long Gown: Luzelle Felipe

Luzele Felipe
Best In Swimsuit: Queenierich Rehman

Queenierich Rehman
Miss Philippine Airlines: Shamcey Supsup
Miss Talent: Shamcey Supsup
Miss Cream Silk: Shamcey Supsup
Manila Bulletin Reader’s Choice Award: Luzelle Felipe
Miss Friendship: Samantha Purver

Photos are from OPMB Worldwide -Shots by Bruce Casanova

Top 10 Predictions For Binibining Pilipinas 2011

An expected 15 semifinalist will be chosen out of the 40 Candidates for this year’s Binibining Pilipinas but I’d only be predicting whom I think have the biggest chances of landing in the Top 10 as well as our winners prior to the pageant this coming Sunday, April 10 at the Araneta Coliseum. CLICK HERE FOR THE WINNERS AND SPECIAL AWARDS

MJ Lastimosa

Despite her lack of height, I strongly believe that MJ Lastimosa will captivate the judges on Sunday with her very strong stage presence, unique facial structure and that guitar-shaped body. She’s my first choice for Binibining Pilipinas-Universe. She’d definitely rock Brazil, that’s for sure.

Shamcey Supsup

I’m so impressed by her credentials I’m almost sure that Madam Stella Araneta would automatically give her the crown. Without question, she’s one of the strongest contestants this year. She’s got the height, the brains and that very Filipina look but I need more “landi” from her. For now, she’s my alternative to MJ.

Patricia Tumulak

It is a must that this ethereal beauty be crowned come Sunday. I also think  that she’d do great in Brazil for Miss Universe but I still have some doubts about her capabilities to outstage Shamcey’s height and MJ’s body. I’m reserving her the Binibining Pilipinas-Tourism crown.

Queenierich Rehman

I’m seeing a Krista Kliener 2.0 in Queenierich and I’d like to see her get that Bb.Pilipinas-International crown as well. Being a very articulate speaker, a mestiza with a good height – she can do no wrong come Miss International.

Sabrine Al-Tawil

Sabrine would’ve been perfect for a Miss World representation. The competition this year’s real tough; I’m thinking that she’d do well in Miss International but wI’d like to see her explore her options if she’s unlucky after Sunday’s event.

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Rounding up the Top 10 are…

Diane Necio

Isabella Manjon

Martha Chloe McCulley

Diana Arevalo

Arabella Anesh

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